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4th Street Live! plans first art show

Photographer Minnick to sell
work at 4th Street Live! show

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 2010) – Independent freelance writer and photographer Fred Minnick likes the simple things in life. Through his photography, he strives to make a connection with people that purchase his artwork, although he may never meet them face to face.

Fred Minnick art

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Photographer and freelance writer
Fred Minnick captures the simplicity
of objects in his artwork.

A former food editor, one of his favorite subjects to photograph is food. “I naturally gravitate toward food,” said Minnick, 31. “I like the simple textures and strong colors of vegetables.”
Originally from Oklahoma, Minnick said, “There’s just something beautiful about sunlight splashing on vegetables at a farmer’s market.”
He travels frequently and recently returned from a trip to France, where he spent many hours with wine makers to “capture the essence of wine” through his photography, he said.
Minnick will showcase his latest pictures, taken in France, on June 12-13 at the Downtown Louisville Art Festival at Fourth Street Live! Held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days, this free juried event will exhibit $15 million in artwork from local and national artists.
Organizers of the festival, Howard Alan Events, say it is one of three great festivals in the Louisville area when combined with the St. James Art Fair and the Louisville Festival of the Arts at the Summit. Howard Alan Events also organized the latter event in May. The goal of such art festivals is to bring more exposure to the Louisville arts community.
This is the first time for this particular art festival. “Fourth Street Live! is a fabulous, vibrant downtown venue and Louisville is a wonderful city with many artists and art enthusiasts that appreciate and support the arts,” said AnaBelle Dweck, publicist for Florida-based Howard Alan Events.
The upscale atmosphere of Fourth Street Live! will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery showcasing media such as paintings, glass, wood, jewelry, photography, ceramics and sculptures. The event will have something to appeal to both families and serious art buyers.
Minnick feels honored to have been chosen for inclusion in this juried art festival. “You know the quality of other artists’ work will be very high,” he said.
Minnick finds such shows “fun. I’ve done them all over the country.” He likes the interaction he gets with festival goers. “A first-time show such as this is always exciting.”
He previously organized an art show for Norton Commons, where he lives. Minnick has resided in the Louisville area for the last five years. He will showcase his latest food photography, Kentucky Derby scenes and bourbon photographs at the Downtown Louisville Art Festival at Fourth Street Live!
A former U.S. Army photographer, Minnick has captured on film and in writing his experiences in a new book, “Camera Boy: An Army Journalist’s War in Iraq.” After returning to the United States, “I didn’t touch a camera for a year,” said Minnick. But he overcame the painful images in his head and returned to his first passion – photography.
Minnick will also have copies of his book available at the art festival. Minnick graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communication. He attended the Defense Information School at the U.S. Department of Defense. He began his media career as a television reporter for Oklahoma Public Television in 1998.

• For more information on the Downtown Louisville Art Festival at Fourth Street Live!, visit: www.ArtFestival.com.

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